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The exotic aura of ancient Egypt has been the magic ingredient in all kinds of entertainment, and in just about every genre the choices seem to run the gamut.
At the movies, Egypt has been the setting of everything from costume dramas such as Cleopatra to the Biblical epic The Ten Commandments to the adventures of Indiana Jones to various incarnations of The Mummy.
By a 268-145 vote, the House just approved a resolution that, as The Associated Press puts it, chastises President Obama for failing to provide Congress with a "compelling rationale" for the military action underway in Libya.
The measure was put forward by the GOP, and passed with 223 votes from Republicans and 45 from Obama's fellow Democrats.
It's been an agonizing week for Ohio State football fans.
"Buckeye Nation" was rocked by Monday's forced resignation of popular head coach Jim Tressel after he failed to report NCAA violations. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several other key players are suspended for several games next season for selling memorabilia — and the NCAA is investigating how Pryor got the multiple cars he's been driving at the university.
The scandal is also prompting new questions about one of college sports' oldest problems: breaking the rules.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to ask for Senate hearings to find out how two Iraqi refugees living in Bowling Green and recently charged with terrorism were able to gain entry into the country. In a news conference today, Paul complimented the FBI for its “good work” in apprehending the two men. Alwan is accused of conspiring to kill U.S. nationals living abroad. Alwan and Hammadi are accused of attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaida in Iraq.
Reporting in the journal Science, Göran Scharmer, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and colleagues looked closely at the stringy penumbra region of a sunspot using the Swedish Solar Telescope. Sunspots form by magnetic fields interacting with boiling hot plasma — but exactly how the plasma flows in the penumbra region wasn't well understood.
Bargain hunters across the state took to the road Thursday for the 400 Mile Sale. The annual event, which continues through Sunday, features yard sales in dozens of communities across the state, following U.S. 68 as it stretches west from Maysville to Paducah. The four-day event has grown in popularity since it was first held in 2004, bringing attention to U.S. 68 itself, which has been designated as a State Scenic Byway, and the antique shops and other destinations along the road.
This week the White House has been lobbying Congress to raise the $14.3 trillion federal debt ceiling. Doing so would give the government the legal authority to borrow billions of dollars to pay its bills.
Although refusing to raise the ceiling would be an almost unprecedented move, some conservatives argue it's the only way to get federal spending under control.
The Treasury Department says that if the limit isn't raised by Aug. 2, the government will run out of money to operate.
"James Arness, the towering actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon, the strong and commanding symbol of frontier justice on the landmark TV western series Gunsmoke," died today, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon (in a report expected to be made public next month) has said an act of computer sabotage may constitute an "act of war." Ira Flatow and guests discuss cyber attacks and the challenges in defining and fighting cyber warfare.